Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Monday, January 02, 2012

and that's the news from Casa Kaufman...

Well, it's been an extra chaotic week here at Casa Kaufman. We have had 10 days of nonstop Yuletide fun, which has left us overstimulated, exhausted, cranky and surrounded in mess and dirty laundry. We had to take New Year's Day off, away from any friends or family, and just stay home, watch movies, and try to make some sense of our life again.
  • Today, I sent the kids to daycare, unpacked, took down the Christmas tree, packed up Christmas decorations, did eight loads of laundry, put away Christmas presents, cleaned the house, went grocery shopping, and vacuumed out the two cars. Then I made dinner and drank two glasses of wine. Whew! It feels good to start the New Year with a clean house.
  • Joe spent the morning doing yardwork and taking down Christmas lights and then spent the afternoon sighting in his new rifle. Why does he need a new rifle? The man is going hunting in Africa this spring. Sam and he will spend a good hour pretend-stalking gemsbocks and kudus. Joe's pretty excited about his upcoming adventure and will bend your ear for a long hour or two about the intricacies of African hunting, the pros and cons of his new rifle, and other such things (after awhile I just tune him out. My brain gets too full). I'm told his rifle shoots pretty nice groupings at 175 yards. Watch out, Top Shot.
  • Sam LOVED! CHRISTMAS! EVERY! SINGLE! MINUTE! OF! IT! Our Christmas vacation started with super sitter Mary Kate coming to our house while I had to work (our daycare was closed). MK is now Sam's "best friend" and he was always sad to see her go at the end of the day. Team Eddy spent several days at our house and Sam's time was spent running with his cousins, fighting with Noah, and eating tons of sugar. Naps and bedtime were nonexistent and I ended up drugging him with Benadryl to just get his little body some much-needed sleep. (Actually, his eczema was bothering him terribly and kept him awake scratching quite a few nights, so judge me if you must, but the Benadryl actually served its real purpose).
  • ND is hitting more milestones every day. Her vocabulary has expanded to include "Santa" and "presents". She was equally excited to pass out Christmas presents as to open them. She keeps trying to jump, but hasn't hit that milestone yet. But, she can now count to seven by herself; I think it might be due to all the times I've threatened time-out and counted to ten as a warning over this crazy holiday. This just proves that while my discipline methods may not yield well-behaved children, at least they help with some school-readiness. She is working on potty training and I got some panties for her for Christmas, but, as with all things ND, she is training on her own terms. Her favorite activity is building with legos and she actually does a fairly good job. I'll leave you with this picture:
And that's the news from Casa Kaufman, where the dad is going to Africa, the mom is going crazy, and the children are above average. Happy New Year!

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